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24 tremendous things to do in NYC this week

By David Goldberg
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November 2

Aziz Ansari: Master of None talk and screening 92nd Street Y; 7:30pm; $55
The former Mr. Tom Haverford is making his coup on Netflix this month with new series Master of None. Catch the first episode of the Louie-esque show and hear the sharp-tongued comedian talk about romance in NYC at this special preview event. 

Spooky Fest 3 Videology, Brooklyn; 8pm; free
Indulge in filthy horror decadence without wasting too many hours at this short film fest, which features more than 25 fun-size slasher movies. A short running time and a high body count does a perfect horror movie make. 

Kendrick Lamar Webster Hall; 9pm; $TBA
If you’re still down to party like a lunatic after the costumes are gone and the candy corn has been eaten, head to Webster Hall and get down to hits like “Alright” and “Swimming Pools” at the unstoppable rapper’s live show.

November 3 

Dear White People BAM Rose Cinemas, Brooklyn; 4:30, 7, 9:30pm; $7–$14
BAM’s weeklong “Behind the Mask: Bamboozled in Focus” series introduces you to some of cinema’s most underrated racial and media satires. Catch up on last year’s biting indie Dear White People, about a college radio station that ignites controversy when it takes a radical civil rights stand.

TED Talks Live: War & Peace The Town Hall; November 3 and 4 at 7:30pm; $100
Join Girls’ Adam Driver, glam-rock superstar Rufus Wainwright and many more talented acts as they take on the consequences and possible outcomes of contemporary war through performance, discussion and readings.

JoJo The Marlin Room (at Webster Hall); 8pm; sold out
Nothing says 2004 better than JoJo. Though you may be content to sing along to “Leave” all night, the former teenybopper will prove she has more in her arsenal than the best of her middle school years, with pounding new pop ballads from her upcoming album.

Ra Ra Riot + PWR BTTM Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn; 8pm; $20
Some of Brooklyn’s sharpest pop aficionados will get sweaty in Baby’s All Right’s vibrant back room for this combo show, featuring the upbeat dance grooves of indie darlings Ra Ra Riot and the uproarious, provocative noise of PWR BTTM.

Punderdome 3000 Littlefield, Brooklyn; 8pm; $6, at the door $7
Never ones to abandon a dead horse, ubiquitous comedian Jo Firestone and her dad Fred welcome contestants to the first-ever “Most Puntastic Halloween Costume Compuntition,” which will bury some of this year’s most cringe-inducing sartorial zingers.

Buddies Nowhere; 8pm; free
Some of the city’s bawdiest and most bodacious bears gather on the dance floor with the boys who love them at this weekly shindig. If you’re looking for a chill night out that doesn’t remind you of the previous hot mess of a weekend, you’re guaranteed a fun and responsible party at Nowhere bar.

David Mitchell 92nd Street Y; 8pm; $25
One of the most inventive, genre-busting writers in contemporary fiction sits down to discuss his bizarre narrative technique and read from his creepy new book of mysterious puzzles and soul-sucking vampires, Slade House. 

November 4

SciCafe American Museum of Natural History; 7pm; free with R.S.V.P.
Grab a cocktail and learn something new at the most brain-beneficial happy hour in town. This month, neurological researcher Bridget Nugent discusses how sexual identity is determined by the development of the brain. At least you’ll be guaranteed stimulating conversation with whomever you meet at the bar.

Women of Letters Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 7pm; $20
Gather with some of the sharpest women in NYC for a night of passionate readings of letters under the prompt “a letter to my could have been.” Join Beasts of the Southern Wild writer Lucy Alibar, the Toast cofounder Mallory Ortberg, rapper Nyemiah Supreme and other prolific women for a unique, one-night-only performance.

Humans of New York: Stories Symphony Space; 7:30pm; $15–$30
Hear readings of some of the captivating on-the-street accounts from the latest Humans of New York collection by actors Jason Biggs, Elizabeth Rodriguez and more.

The Dump! Storytelling Open Mic The Creek and the Cave, Queens; 8pm; free
You better take every chance you can to release your anxieties and traumas before you have to face them at the family dinner table on Thanksgiving. Head to the Creek for this hilarious open mic bonding night, where you’ll have eight minutes to spill your guts in front of sympathetic strangers.

Lea DeLaria: House of David Smoke Jazz & Supper Club; 11:30pm; $12 plus $20 minimum
The ruthless Orange is the New Black star and comedian shows off her prodigious vocal range and creative arrangements at this tribute show to David Bowie. Considering how many lame Ziggy Stardust bands are touring town, why not put your money in someone who really knows her stuff? 

November 5

Spectre opens in theaters
Don’t let the Internet ruin 007 for you. Beat your friends to the punch and catch an early showing of Daniel Craig’s final Bond performance, before wanna-be fans storm the theaters (do they even know how to pronounce Léa Seydoux’s name?)

Canstruction Brookfield Place Winter Garden; 10am; free
Watch inventive designers and architects create massive Pop Art installations of Superman, Angry Birds, Slinkies and more out of hundreds of thousands of to-be-donated cans of food. Who knew the dregs of your pantry could be so beautiful?

Print Fair Park Avenue Armory; 12pm; $20
Deck out your apartment with rare finds and bold pieces from an endless range of well-known and on-the-rise artists. If you’re not looking to spend your rent on art, there’s plenty of affordable prints worth scouring the expo for.

Etsy Craft Night Etsy Labs, Brooklyn; 6pm; free with registration
While your friends are still bragging about their Halloween glue-gun exploits, get ahead of the pack and turn out your Christmas game early. Stationary wiz Jessica Marquez will teach you how to make beautiful custom gift tags for all your family members. Don’t you want to be the favorite child at the tree? 

Isaac Oliver: Intimacy Idiot Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 7pm; $20 plus two-drink minimum
Didn’t find true love or even a one-night stand amid all the Halloween festivities? Commiserate with Oliver, the ultimate outsider anthropologist of single life in NYC. As he regales you with tales of alienation and mortification in social settings, you won’t feel nearly as bad for faking sick on Halloween night so you could watch Ally McBeal on Netflix.

Fluent City Videology, Brooklyn; 7pm; free with R.S.V.P.
Watch the black-and-white French thriller La Haine, featuring Vincent Cassel as a thug caught in an escalating conflict between brutal police and his friends from Paris’s banlieues. If you find yourself catching on to the French language, enter a raffle or book a class for after-work lessons with the Fluent City school. 

BK Horror Club: You’re Next Throne Watches, Brooklyn; 9pm; $10
Grab a seat on one of the Throne Watches’ plush leather couches and delight in the bizarre rapture of watching a nice family get terrorized by psycopaths in animal masks. 

Hasan Minahj: Homecoming King Cherry Lane Theatre; 9:30pm; $30­–$40
If you have a crush on the charming Daily Show correspondent, we can’t blame you. Head to Cherry Lane to see the sharp-witted comedian take center stage.

Boys’ Night: An All-Male Cirquelesque Revue Slipper Room; 10pm; $15–$25
The Slipper Room has handsome men of all sizes ready to strut, strip, bend, flex and a lot more at this wildly sexy circus night. You won’t believe what aerial and gymnastic feats these boys can pull off in so little clothing.

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